MATHURA || Like every year in the past, Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna is all braced up for the festival of Janmashtmi, the day when the Lord was born. Mathura, or rather the entire area of Braj, including Vrindavan is gearing up for a celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna like never before.
This time nearly 20 lakh faithful are likely to reach the holy city for paying obeisance as per the Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad.
All the 8000 small and big temples have been decked up to attract people of all age groups. Colourful lights and choicest decor on idols add a new vibe in the temples. The government has also started making arrangements for a flower shower on the auspicious day of the Krishna Janamashtami.
The entire festivities will kickstart together at Braj. The loyal will be ushered into the city by those who will lead the celebrations in the region. Apart from Uttar Pradesh which sees a grand fiesta on Janamashthami, other states like Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Uttarakhand among others are going to see revellers celebrate with gay abandon.
From August 22 onwards the faithful will start setting foot on the holy land. The District Tourism Officer DK Sharma has told the media, the supreme powers of Lord Krishna will be on full display during the festival. Each road leading to Mathura is being decorated, so that people coming to the city relive the Krishna-Radha era every inch of the way.
The highways and expressway have got an added touch of colour and light. On the Chhatikara Maidan near the Ma Vaishno Devi Mandir, there will be a three-day cultural extravaganza
The blowing of conch shells will start dot at 5 past 12 in the night after Krishna’s birth. Some special programmes to mark the countdown to the grand event are already underway.
Artists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Assam, Manipur, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat will spread the Janmashthami fervour through their performances. School students are also being roped in to be a part of a tableau to pay respects to Krishna.